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Managing Corporate Growth: Attracting and Obtaining Inward Investment

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Managing Corporate Growth: Attracting and Obtaining Inward Investment

With Corporate Sponsors, Enigma People Solutions & HGF Ltd

When: 24 April, 08:30 - 13:30

Where: CodeBase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

A recent survey by accountancy firm EY put Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in the UK’s top 10 cities for attracting foreign direct investment, establishing Scotland as the UK’s second-placed destination for FDI projects behind London. In particular, Scotland’s success in attracting technology, life sciences and software projects from overseas has proved crucial to its success. With a highly skilled workforce, a growing economy with a strong Emerging & Enabling (E&E) Technologies Cluster, in addition to an excellent innovation infrastructure, now is the time to invest in Scotland.

This event is an opportunity to engage and make contact with with a range of expert speakers from Scotland's E&E sector who are or have been at different points in the investment process. From Venture Capital companies looking to invest in new projects, to SMEs who have already experienced investment, and large multi-nationals with a track record of investing in smaller companies, this event will provide a comprehensive overview of the opportunities available and explore how to adapt to their impact.

Agenda & Speakers

09:00 - Arrival, refreshments and networking

09:30 - Welcome

Stephen Taylor, Technology Scotland

09:45 - Key Note Speaker

Seonaidh MacDonald, Chairman & CEO, EOLAS (Advisory) Ltd and former CEO of mLed: 'The Road to Exit'

10:45 - Networking break

11:15 - Angel Investor

Nick Jones, Galvanise

11:45: Tech company and CodeBase occupant

Javid Khan, Holoxica

12:15 - Lunch

13:00 - Finish

About our Key Note Speaker

Seonaidh MacDonald, Chairman & CEO, EOLAS (Advisory) Ltd

Seonaidh was until late 2016 CEO of mLED Ltd, a leader in micro-displays for Augmented/Virtual Reality products. In 2016 he led mLED to a hugely successful exit to a U.S household name. He is currently Chairman & CEO of EOLAS (Advisory) Ltd, a boardroom advisory firm, and Vice Chair of TLP, a Social Enterprise organisation.

Prior to mLED, Seonaidh was Chairman of Hebridean Power Ltd, a renewables company, he was Deputy Managing Director & Business Services Director on the Board of Babcock Marine Clyde Ltd, helping to negotiate the strategic £2.5Billion UK Naval Base contract extension.

Between 1997-2005, Seonaidh held a variety of senior leadership roles at IBM Corp, leading worldwide teams across Engineering, Supply Chain, Global Operations, and Procurement functions. With over 25 years of international executive management experience, maximising growth within fiercely competitive environments, Seonaidh boasts an outstanding record of delivery as a street smart, goal-driven board executive.

About Nick Jones, Galvanise

Nick Jones, serial entrepreneur and investor into early stage tech companies, has worked within numerous companies that have seen significant growth. Nick invested in and was Chairman of Aquila Insight until it's sale in 2017. Founded in 2012 with offices in Edinburgh & London, Aquila was one of the largest independent data analytics organizations in the UK; in July 2017 they were acquired by US marketing giant Merkle (part of the Dentsu Aegis network) for an undisclosed sum.

About Javid Khan, Holoxica

Entrepreneur, founder and director of Holoxica Ltd, a high tech company working on holographic 3D visualisation including digital holograms and holographic video displays. Javid Khan founded Holoxica in 2008 to commercialise the results of his research in Photonics Engineering on Holographic 3D displays at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Holoxica's R&D activities focus on naturally viewable (glassess-free) dynamic 3D displays. Holoxica also offers custom 3D digital hologram design and production services for professionals markets including medical imaging, scientific visualisation and engineering design.

Javid has won several national and international awards in business and photonics. Areas of expertise include: embedded systems, IC design, micro/nano systems, displays and photonics. He is an expert assessor for UK government R&D programmes in these fields. He was formerly a Scientific Officer at the European Commission defining research programmes and running international high tech projects with an annual budget of €10 million. Javid holds a doctorate in Photonics Engineering on Holographic 3D displays, with MEng and MSc degrees in Microelectronics and Telecoms Engineering; and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.

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